SABC to broadcast Rugby World Cup final on Saturday

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) confirmed on Monday it will be airing the Rugby World Cup final on its TV platform.

The Springboks secured a spot in the fixture by beating Wales, and are set to square off with England in Tokyo on Saturday.

SABC to air Rugby World Cup final

There had been uncertainty over whether a huge chunk of South Africa’s population would continue to be shut out of accessing the tournament, which the national broadcaster had not been able to air after failing to reach an agreement with rights holder, Multichoice.

However, the uncertainty was put to bed on Monday afternoon, with the SABC revealing that it would air the two remaining matches in the Rugby World Cup – beginning with the third/fourth play-off tie between New Zealand and Wales before Saturday’s final.

“The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with SuperSport to broadcast the final game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and England, live on SABC 2 on Saturday the 2nd of November at 11:00,” the national broadcaster said in a statement.

South African Broadcasting Corporation

Public broadcaster buckles after widespread criticism

This comes after the broadcaster had been a subject of widespread criticism, following its failure to bring the game to those without access to pay TV.

Until now, the SABC had only broadcast select matches on its radio platforms, with none making it to TV.

SABC’s group chief executive, Madoda Mxakwe, said he was delighted that the final would now be broadcast.

“The SABC is excited to be able to bring this historic game to the nation, as the public broadcaster recognises the role it plays in social cohesion, nation building and promoting sports of national interest.”

Madoda Mxakwe, SABC Group Chief Executive Officer

He added; 

“We remain committed to entering into commercially viable agreements and we support and wish the Springboks as they pursue a place in history.”

Madoda Mxakwe, SABC Group Chief Executive Officer

Following the Springboks’ victory over Wales, calls for the SABC to broadcast the final picked up exponentially, with the likes of Gauteng education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi voicing their displeasure at the blackout.


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Publish date : 2019-10-28 14:26:15

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